Carry On, Carry On, Carry On!

This post was written by a guest blogger, Ariane Borgia.

We're all familiar with the phrase "one step forward, two steps back."  Speaking for myself, there are times in my life when that phrase is my reality. Sometimes it's because life just happens. But sometimes I cause the setbacks, or at least allow them to happen, by being afraid or insecure, by giving up, by lacking self-discipline, or by sinning. Sometimes I'm actually afraid of progress or success.  Yes, you read that correctly!  What if I do something super-duper well, and then people expect me to continue producing at a high level, or even (gasp!) improve from there??  What if my success was just a fluke, an unrepeatable blip on the cosmic radar?!?

In reality, the Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us that our Heavenly Father sent us to this earth knowing we would move forward and slide back, trip and fall, learn and grow.  And he wants  us to ultimately succeed!!  I love this scripture in the Doctrine & Covenants, section 117, verse 7:


Therefore, will I not make solitary places to bud and to blossom, and to bring forth in abundance? saith the Lord.

While this verse refers specifically to the Lord's promises to the early saints in their travails, doesn't it also apply to each one of us on our life's journey?  Where are our solitary places? What do we do there?  Do we go to them often enough that we can bud, blossom, and bring forth abundantly?  Is our definition of success the same as the Lord's?  Do we believe that the Lord will help us succeed?  Or in other words, do we truly believe in His promise to lift us, save us (from our backward steps), and redeem us through our humble repentance and faith in Him?





Thankfully, Heavenly Father has given us all the tools we need to be successful in mortality and in the eternities.  I'll list just a few:

1.  THE PLAN OF SALVATION  The Plan of Salvation, or the Great Plan of Happiness, provides a savior, The Savior, who will help us achieve Eternal Life, (the ultimate success) through repentance and faith in Him.


2.  THE RESTORED GOSPEL  The fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has indeed been restored in these Latter Days, providing us with all the principles and ordinances necessary to succeed temporally and spiritually.  (But really, all things are spiritual to the Lord.  See D&C 29: 34)


3.  THE HOLY GHOST  When we strive to keep the commandments, the Holy Ghost will abide with us, teach us truth, and comfort us.  (John 14: 15-18)  In D&C 88: 4, the Lord tells us that, "This Comforter is the promise I give unto you of eternal life, even the glory of the celestial kingdom."  SUCCESS!!!


4.  PRAYER & SCRIPTURE STUDY  Surely, prayer and scripture study are vital to our success, whether we do them in our solitary places, with our families, or in classes and groups.  Through regular study and prayer, we in essence tell the Lord that we believe in His power to lead and guide us through revelation by the power of the Holy Ghost, whether to prophets past or present, or through personal revelation.  Scripture study and prayer, together, are a form of work which shows our desire to do our part in gaining knowledge and guidance.


5.  MODERN-DAY PROPHETS  As the saying goes, The Lord didn't tell Moses to build an ark, nor did he tell Isaiah to part the Red Sea.  : )  While the doctrines of the gospel never change through the dispensations of time, the Lord leads and guides his children according to their needs and His purposes in their own times and in their unique challenges.  Modern-day prophets are vital to living the gospel in these modern times.  They tell us exactly what the Lord would say if He were here Himself.  If we want to succeed, we will do as the Primary song says, "Follow the Prophet!" 

6.  EACH OTHER  John 13: 34 says, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."  There is a LOT encompassed in that commandment to "love one another".  Compassion, repentance, forgiveness, friendship, strength and fortification, giving each other the benefit of the doubt, playing, working, lifting, laughing, singing, teaching and being taught, serving, sacrificing, succoring and comforting, and on and on...  Really- how could we make it through this life with any measure of success without each other?


I truly believe that the Lord loves us and desires that we have faith in Him and His promises.  Because of who He is and what He has done, we can succeed!  He tells us exactly that in John 14: 1-3.  "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I  will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (italics added) 


May we all be blessed in our efforts to succeed, that when the Savior comes again He will receive us unto Himself!!


With Love,


Ariane


(The title of this post is taken from the chorus of Hymn #255 "Carry On" in the LDS Hymnbook.)   


           

2 comments

  1. This post was so uplifting. I also feel that I am afraid of progress or success. I've come to realize that I sabotage my own successes and still haven't figured out completely why I do this or when I started doing it. I know fear is a big part of it, but I'm not sure why or when I started being afraid. I like the way you enumerated those things that can help us to overcome our fears, follies,sins, etc.

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  2. I think that fear and insecurity are a couple of tools used by the adversary to keep us from reaching our full potential. We are literally God's children, so is there really anything we CAN'T do? Yet even knowing that, I still get scared! Maybe it's all about building our "courage muscles" by stepping outside our comfort zones, stretching, and building our faith in God and in ourselves as his offspring. The older I get, the more I realize that I have to consciously decide to "be brave" and trust in the Lord and His redemptive power. Sometimes the decision is a big one, and sometimes it's a small one, but it all comes down to practice, practice, practice, right? I believe in you, Maureen!!

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